Latanya Mapp Frett
Latanya Mapp Frett joined Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) as vice president - global in February 2011. She is the federation's international spokesperson and serves on the executive team of the organization. Ms. Frett sets the course for PPFA's international engagement on all international issues, including participation in the United Nations and U.S. government advocacy, alongside the Planned Parenthood Global Advisory Board. She leads Planned Parenthood Global, the organization's international arm, with regional and country offices in Africa and Latin America. Ms. Frett previously worked for eight years as a human rights officer for the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and for 10 years with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In these roles, she lived and worked in Egypt, Iraq, Pakistan, South Africa, Mali, Nigeria, and other African countries. Ms. Frett served as a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and continues to fight for the human rights of women.
An attorney by training, she began her career at the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund in Washington, DC. She has received many honors and awards, including two Esteemed Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. government and the highest honor in civil service, the Superior Honor Award, from the U.S. State Department. Ms. Frett was one of 30 Foreign Service Officers honored with the Colin Powell Fellowship by then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Ms. Frett is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and author of four U.N. human rights reports and manuals. She holds a bachelor of arts in government and politics, a master's in public policy, and a JD from the University of Maryland. She resides in New York with her husband and two children.
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